UPDATE: Dodgers re-sign Hiroki Kuroda for one-year, $12 million

1 Comment

UPDATE: Pretty sweet deal for the Dodgers. According to ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, Kuroda will receive an $8 million salary next season and a $4 million signing bonus that will be paid out in 2012 and 2013.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Kuroda also receives a full no-trade clause and can earn an additional $500,000 with incentives.

10:06 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Kuroda will receive a one-year, $12 million contract.

9:48 PM: As expected, the deal is for one year, according to Dylan Hernandez.

9:30 PM: According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Hiroki Kuroda has re-signed with the Dodgers.

No word yet on the exact terms of the contract, but the two sides were reportedly close to a one-year, $12 million deal over the weekend.

Kuroda, who turns 36 in February, recently considered a return to Japan after completing his three-year, $35.3 million contract with the Dodgers, but he would have left a boatload of money on the table in the process. The right-hander posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 158 /48 K/BB ratio over 31 starts this past season and was easily one of the best free agent starters available.

We wondered which direction the Dodgers would go in this winter, but after re-signing both Kuroda and Ted Lilly, the starting rotation is in place to be a real strength in 2011.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

Getty Images
Leave a comment

From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.